Business and Economic Development
Open to Business

FREE Business Consultations

Are you a business owner in need of advice or are you looking to start a new business in Anoka County? The Open to Business program offers FREE consultations to anyone in Anoka County who is interested in starting a business or currently owns a business. Business Advisor, Kathleen DuChene, holds office hours at the Anoka County Government Center and other locations around Anoka County, including at Coon Rapids City Hall on the third Tuesday of each month from 2 - 4:30 p.m. Entrepreneurs interested in this service can also schedule an appointment by calling Kathleen at 763-438-7315. This service is perfect for those looking to:

  • Open a business
  • Discuss financing options
  • Develop marketing strategies
  • Understand the logistics of leasing or purchasing property
  • And other business-related needs

More information about this program can be found on the Open to Business Website.

Metro North Chamber of Commerce

Coon Rapids Business Council

Are you a business owner in Coon Rapids?
Come to the next Coon Rapids Business Council meeting.

Tuesday, August 22
7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Bunker Hills Golf Club
Clubhouse East Ballroom
12800 Bunker Prairie Road

Learn about business topics and initiatives in Coon Rapids.

Read more on the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce website

2040 Comp Plan

Have you Answered the Comp Plan Survey?

What do you see for the future of Coon Rapids? What are your thoughts about housing, transportation and open space? Participate in the Comp Plan survey now!

The online survey will take just a few minutes. Public comments gathered will be incorporated into the final Comp Plan. Take the survey here.

City Resources

Business Resources Online

Visit the City of Coon Rapids website to discover many different resources to help businesses! From grants and loans available for business, to licensing and signage requirements in the City of Coon Rapids, our website has a wealth of information to help you and your business!

Doing Business Here
Open to Business - FREE Program
Economic Gardening Program
Available Commercial and Industrial Property
Financial Resources/Incentives
Business Licensing
Request a Business Visit
Quarterly Economic Development Report

Something Sweet by Maddie Lu

Business Spotlight:

Something Sweet by Maddie Lu - Success at 350 degrees
Maddie Carlos didn’t spend much time in the kitchen as a kid. Cooking and baking wasn’t even on her radar, but now, at the age of 22, Maddie owns a successful bakery in Coon Rapids, called Something Sweet by Maddie Lu.
“When you’re in this industry, people have experience for years and years and I’ve really only been baking for a couple of years now. So it’s a crazy experience, but I love it and I learn all the time. It’s great,” says Maddie.

After baking some cupcakes for a friend’s birthday in high school, people took notice of Maddie’s work. After posting photos of her products on social media, the orders started pouring in. When Maddie outgrew her parent’s kitchen, a dream was born. Something Sweet by Maddie Lu opened its doors in May of 2015. The partnership between Maddie and her mom, Laurie, combines baking knowledge with business sense and hometown pride. 

“This really all started with friends and family supporting us in the community, and so we wanted to stay close to home and this was the perfect place,” says Laurie.
Maddie graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and spent time as an intern baking in Disney World at Boardwalk Bakery. Recently, Maddie was featured on Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championships, where she competed against some of the country’s best chefs.
“Being on Food Network was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about myself and I got to meet a bunch of amazing people,” Maddie says.

The future is bright for Something Sweet by Maddie Lu. Maddie hopes to eventually expand her business into a second location and take her sweet treats on the road.
“We have talked about starting a food truck with my family, and I think it would be awesome to take my desserts elsewhere instead of being in one specific location.”

Quick Facts:
Located at 12772 Riverdale Blvd.
Maddie attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for one semester before leaving to attend culinary school.
Maddie doesn’t and won’t cook.

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